08 July 2013

Review: Bifesta Sebum Cleansing Lotion

I guess this review is more for my readers living in Asia, in particular, Singapore. I bought this Bifesta Sebum Cleansing Lotion during my last visit to Singapore, as I found it really intriguing because it's a no-rinse cleansing lotion. I have used and reviewed the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil and had that in mind when I came across the Bifesta cleansing lotion. I was thinking "How on earth? I'm pretty sure the Shu Uemura one HAD to be washed off... I wonder if this works". So here are my thoughts on this product...

Image taken from: Amazon.com
I had to use a "stock" image because I ripped a part of the packaging off and it looks totally different underneath the plastic covering... you'll know what I mean when I show you photos of my bottle.

There were a four types of cleansing lotions on the shelves at the shops, so there's one that should suit your skin type - age care (for mature skin), moist (for dry skin), bright up (for dull skin), and sebum (for oily skin). I picked sebum because of my annoyingly oily skin.

Half torn up packaging on the bottle
Hopefully you can see what I mean by the plastic packaging and the actual print on the bottle. I stopped tearing it off when I realized that the only English instructions located on the back is on the plastic packaging (picture below).

I have used this cleansing lotion about 3-4 times already and I'm in love with it! It is water based, unlike the Shu Uemura one but it's surprisingly just as effective as removing my gazillion layers of waterproof mascara.

The instructions say to soak a cotton pad using about 3 pumps and wipe makeup off gently. Repeat until all makeup is removed. I found that I had to use about 4 cotton pads to remove all traces of makeup. As a result, I have used up quite a lot of cleansing lotion already (about 1/6 of the bottle). I don't remember how much I paid for this, but I don't think it was anymore than SGD$20 (~AUD$17). It's not extremely expensive, but it's not dirt cheap either.

1 pump of Bifesta Sebum Cleansing Lotion
Because the Bifesta Sebum Cleansing Lotion is water based, it does not leave any oily residue whatsoever, which I think is absolutely brilliant for lazy bones like me. Bifesta claims that there's no need for any skin care routine after using this cleansing lotion because it has moisturizing and toning  properties, so you can use this to remove your makeup and head straight to bed. I personally like a shower before I go anywhere near my bed, so I did not manage to test the moisturizing/toning properties out overnight. However, I did wait a few hours before my shower and my skin felt really fresh and comfortable. By comfortable, I mean it did not feel tight (signs of dryness) nor oily. I don't particularly want to use the word "moisturized" because my skin didn't really feel the same way as it normally does after using a proper moisturizer. Having said that, if I were to use this in the morning for some strange reason, I would not feel the need to slap moisturizer on after.

The Bifesta Sebum Cleansing Lotion is also fragrance free, which I don't particularly care about, but it'll be perfect for anyone with sensitive skin. It is also non-cosmedogenic, paraben free, colouring free and alcohol free.

I think I'll most likely repurchase this. It's such an amazing makeup removing product that would be perfect if you had to travel really light or if you just want to go to take your face off and go to bed.

I have found this on eBay for about AUD$20 if you would like to give it a go.
The age care one can be found here, bright up here, moist here.

Please note that I'm not affiliated with the seller on eBay, and you're purchasing those products at your own risk.


  1. this looks really good; ive heard so many good feedback about bifesta but i honestly just wanna commit to a skincare product thats easily accessible in australia haha having said that it doesnt mean i wont have it on my watch list on ebay ;)

    1. haha fair enough. I can't seem to find many affordable products that do the job well here!

  2. I have this one in Moist and it is really good for dry skin!

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    1. That's good to know that the other types work as claimed!

  3. That sounds like something good! I might want to give this a try!

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  5. Hello :) I just want to know that if this cleansing lotion can be cosidered as facial wash? is it okay to use this though I dont wear make up? pls let me know. hehe

  6. Hello :) I just want to know that if this cleansing lotion can be cosidered as facial wash? is it okay to use this though I dont wear make up? pls let me know. hehe

    1. I guess you could, but it wouldn't be a facial wash, more like a facial wipe. It does not foam up and you will most likely have to wipe your face down with a cotton pad soaked with this product. I personally would not use it as a facial wash though.

  7. Great review! I just bought it at local supermarket in Indonesia because of its cute packaging and non-comedogenic, fragrance-free, etc. So I'll give it a try today! The price here is around Rp 120.000 (US$9.84 or AU$ 11.04).

  8. I don’t know if this product is available in the Philippines but I want to give it a try! :)

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  9. I bought it today and was surprised by how effective this water liked cleansing lotion is. Decideded to google and to check out any related review. It's by far the best cleansing lotion I have ever used.